Armed with hope for the first time in years that immigration legislation can pass through Congress, Democrats on Capitol Hill are moving forward this week on bills that could help create a pathway to citizenship for millions of individuals living in the USA without legal status.
Less than two months after President Donald Trump left office immigration has fizzled as an issue at the Supreme Court, with major disputes that became conservative rallying cries largely vanishing from the court's docket.
Biden unveiled his plan during his first day in office, proposing an eight-year pathway to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.But the political landscape is much changed from a decade ago. For one, Biden's plan faces an evenly divided Senate, where under the existing rules they will once again need large Republican support to pass any legislation on immigration. And so far, no bipartisan coalition has emerged in the Gang of Eight tradition.
On the same day he is inaugurated into office, Joe Biden will introduce immigration legislation that will include an eight-year pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million immigrants living in the United States without legal status.
As the COVID-19 vaccine makes its way throughout the United States, immigration activists and lawmakers are rallying to ensure that the 11 million undocumented immigrants at the heart of the nation's food production and service industry sectors are not left out.
Family separations. The travel ban. The wall. Gutting the asylum and refugee systems. Pushing to abolish DACA.Those policies implemented by President Donald Trump helped define his legacy, fulfilling some of his campaign promises while enraging many Americans and further isolating the U.S. from the world. President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to reverse most of those restrictionist policies, but it could take months, or even many years, to do so.
The federal agency tasked with offering citizenship, green cards and visas to immigrants is planning to furlough about two-thirds of its workers at the end of the month after Congress failed to reach a deal on a coronavirus stimulus package.
Sen. John McCain talks about the need for immigrants with all skill levels and how the issue should be handled as part of an overall package, during an interview with The Arizona Republic on Aug. 3, 2017.
As thousands prepare to become citizens on July 4th, they are joining the U.S. at a difficult time for immigrants. What is changed dramatically over the decades is where those immigrants come from, what roles they play in the U.S., how they are treated by native citizens and the debate over the millions who have entered the United States illegally over past decades.
The number of Latino voters has steadily increased, but their voting rates still lag significantly behind other demographic groups. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's tough stance on immigration, anchored by a promise to build a giant wall on the southern border and make Mexico pay for it, may spur Latinos to the polls.
Call it a pivot, a restart or just a softening of his stance, but pro-immigration groups are not impressed with Donald Trump's change in tone this week and his promise of new policies to handle the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.